Yes, we have one more KTM 350 to test before we call it quits for MY2013. I have had a number of inquiries about the xc cross country race model 350. Coincidentally, it was the only bike floating around KTM that I could get my hands on to test right now. This bike, along with the sx-f model, is substantially new this year, there are plenty of unique things to talk about. So here we go.
I had one quick ride on this bike back in December. But it was one of those days when we were riding a number of different models and I just could not come to grips with the xc-f. I knew that it was more the fault of the tester (me) versus the bike, so I waited until I could get more riding time before talking about it. That is one of the real problems with quick one day type testing. It often leads to skewed results from only riding a bike one time in one location. Real testing takes far more time and work.
So far I have made couple of huge improvements with some very small details; shock sag, fork height, clickers and map switch. We are still trying a few more things. But for the moment it all looks promising. Stay tuned for the full report, for now, here is a quick first ride video from Pala.